LYDIA E. "BITTY" (DAVIS) CARR
Funeral services for Mrs. Lydia E. "Bitty" (Davis) Carr,
81, of Anderson, IN, and formerly of Overton County, were conducted
Saturday, December 27, 2003, from the chapel of Robert D. Loose
Funeral Home in Anderson.
Burial was in Pleasant Walk Cemetery in Anderson.
Mrs. Carr died Monday, December 22 at her home.
Born June 12, 1922, on Walker Mountain in Overton County, she was
the daughter of the late William Hickman and Emma (Smith) Davis.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,
Woodroe Carr; a daughter, Sheila Fern Carr; three sons, Stanley
Carr, Willie Ray Carr, and Steve Carr; four brothers, Walter Davis,
Estel Davis, Ira Davis, and Cecil Smith; and a great grandson, Kevin
Survivors include two sons, Roy Wayne Carr and his wife, Diane,
and David Carr and his wife, Becky, all of Anderson; three daughters,
Shelby Bennett and her husband, Joe, of Anderson, and Geraldine
Centers and friend, Clark Hovermale, both of Sweetser, IN, and Helen
Carpenter of Marion, IN; two sisters, her twin, Gladys Carr of Anderson
and Latta Copeland of Allred; an aunt, Bertha Neal of Georgia; 12
grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; a great-great grandchild;
and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Information provided by Rickman-Hall Funeral Home. (C)
WILLIS E. COFFMAN
Funeral services for Mr. Willis E. Coffman, 81, of Hilham, were
conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, December 29, 2003, from the chapel
of Speck Funeral Home.
Burial was in Maxwell Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Barry Mayes and
Bro. Robert Boles officiating.
Mr. Coffman died Saturday, December 27 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
He was a farmer and a member of Hilham Church of Christ.
Born July 10, 1922, in Overton County, he was the son of the late
Charlie and Martha Alice (Brown) Coffman. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by three sisters, Vonda Gillentine, Lola
Dillon, and Grace Johnson; and five brothers, Valis Coffman, Vader
Coffman, Arvil Coffman, Grady Coffman, and Jess Coffman.
Survivors include a brother, Albert Coffman of Hilham; a sister,
Louise Moss of Detroit, MI; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Paul Coffman, Gurstel Taylor, Leon Gillentine,
William Gillentine, Carson Gillentine, and Mike Gillentine.
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)
WILLIAM E. "ED" CONNER
Funeral services for Mr. William E. "Ed" Conner, 80,
of Bluffton, IN, were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27,
2003, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Bluffton. Burial was
in Fairview Cemetery. with Pastor Don Wilks officiating.
Mr. Conner died Monday, December 22 at at home. He was a member
of Canton Masonic Lodge 481 and Epworth United Methodist Church.
He moved to Bluffton in 1951, and worked at Sterling Casting Company
from 1951 until he retired in 1987 with 36 years of service.
After his retirement, he served six years as a custodian at Epworth
United Methodist Church, and he assisted with Bible school at the
church for several years. Mr. Conner was also a den leader with
the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.
Born August 27, 1923, in Overton County, he was the son of the
late William and Ellen (Sullivan) Conner. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Sue Conner; and a
sister, Nannie Conner.
Survivors include his wife, Ermin L. (Hummel) Conner; two sons,
Terry E. Conner of Ft. Wayne, IN, and Timothy L. Conner of Delphi,
IN; two grandsons, Spencer Conner and Alex Conner; and a granddaughter,
Molly E. Conner.
Memorial donations may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church.
Special care provided by Thoma/Rich, Hewitt & Chaney Funeral Home.
ROBERT JERALD GARRETT
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Jerald Garrett, 58, of Byrdstown,
were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 25, 2003, from the chapel
of Crestlawn Funeral Home in Byrdstown.
Burial was in Story Cemetery in Pickett County, with Bro. Hile
Cummings and Bro. Johnny Davis officiating.
Mr. Garrett died Tuesday, December 23 at Cookeville Regional Medical
Center. He was a factory worker, a life-long farmer, and of the
Baptist faith. He married Brenda Marcum on September 18, 1968.
Born January 12, 1945, in New Castle, IN, he was the son of the
late Waymon and Janie (Mullins) Garrett. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by a brother, Junior Garrett.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Garrett of Byrdstown; a daughter,
Sharon Ruch and her husband, Chris, of Cookeville; four brothers,
James Garrett and his wife, Lear, of Byrdstown, Lynn Garrett and
his wife, Glenda, and Jerry Garrett and his wife, Sherra, all of
Livingston, and Charles Garrett and his wife, Faye, of Corbin, KY;
two grandchildren, Chastyn Ruch and Traylen Ruch, both of Cookeville;
and a special sister-in-law, Wanda Edrington of Cincinnati, OH.
Pallbearers were Gene Neal, Wayne Clayborn, Gene Logan, Cooper
Beaty, Bill Lee, Pete Lee, and Calvin Stearns.
Special care provided by Crestlawn Funeral Home. (C)
JESSE JARVIS HANSEL
Funeral services for Mr. Jesse Jarvis Hansel, 89, of Baxter, were
conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2003, from the chapel
of Whitson Funeral Home in Cookeville.
Burial was in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Rev. H.S. Brown
Mr. Hansel died Wednesday, December 24 at Mabry Healthcare in
Gainesboro. He was a retired machinist with Springfield Machine
Stamping, a farmer, and attended New Hope Community Church.
Born April 19, 1914, in Mt. Vernon, KY, he was the son of the late
Jarvis and Martha (Halcomb) Hansel. In addition to his parents,
he was preceded in death by a son, Kirby Lee Hansel; two sisters,
Bessie Roukas and Essie Higgins; and five brothers, Charlie Hansel,
Dewey Hansel, Virgil Hansel, James Hansel, and Ulysses Hansel.
Survivors include his wife, Ina Marie (Poston) Hansel of Baxter;
two daughters, Glenda Caparo and her husband, Ron, of Roseville,
MI, and Sandy Rodgers and her husband, Lee, of Bloomington Springs;
four sons, Elza Hansel and his wife, Ruth, of Citrus Heights, CA,
Alvin Hansel and his wife, Brenda, of Fruit Heights, UT, Jerry Bennett
and his wife, Patty, of Plainfield, IN, and Randy Hansel and his
wife, Jeanette, of Gainesboro; a sister, Loretta Poe of Danville,
KY; 16 grandchildren; a host of great and great-great grandchildren;
and a host of nieces and nephews.
Special care provided by Whitson Funeral Home. (C)
Funeral services for Mrs. Carie Hite, 60, of the Rock Springs Community,
were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2003, from the
chapel of Goff Funeral Home in Monterey.
Burial was in Mineral Springs Cemetery with Rev. Mike Kirby officiating.
Mrs. Hite died Tuesday, December 23 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
She had owned and operated Carrie’s Discount Clothing in Monterey
and Cookeville, and was a member of Mineral Springs Freewill Baptist
Born April 21, 1943, in Overton County, she was the daughter of
Cora (Phipps) Bowman Tudor of the Rock Springs Community and the
late Joe B. Bowman. In addition to her father, she was preceded
in death by a brother, Harold Bowman.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include her husband, Cluster
Hite of the Rock Springs Community; two daughters, Michelle Lusk
and her husband, George, of Skidmore, TX, and Kim Reed and her husband,
Bo, of Hanging Limb; a son, Jimmy Joe Clark of Manchester, KY; and
Special care provided by Goff Funeral Home. (C)
Graveside services for Mrs. Linda Perry, 59, of Huber Heights, OH,
were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 26, 2003, at Concord Cemetery
Mrs. Perry died Sunday, December 21 at Miami Valley Hospital in
She was the daughter of Martha (Barlow) Allen of Huber Heights.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include a son, Robert Torch;
a daughter, Lisa Michelle Wilson of Huber Heights; and two sisters,
Shirley Hoover and Joyce Rasmussen.
Special care provided by Tobias Funeral Home of Dayton, OH. (C)
Memorial services for Reverend Bernard M. "Bernie" Taylor,
were held Monday, October 13, 2003, at First and Central Presbyterian
in Wilmington, DE.
Reverend Taylor died Wednesday, October 8, just six days short
of his 97th birthday.
Born in Tallapoosa, GA, he was a graduate of Lafayette College,
class of 1928, Union Theological Seminary in New York City, receiving
an MA in divinity at Columbia University in 1931 and 1947. His pastorates
were in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, and Delaware.
While working for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian
Church in the USA during the 1930s and ‘40s, Reverend Taylor was
pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian in Alpine, and was pastor to
students and faculty of the Alpine Institute. A rest home for patients
recovering from tuberculosis was also under his care.
Later he served with the staff of the Alpine Rural Life Center
(farm, forest, shop handcrafts, pottery, weaving, and wood carving);
he also took his turn as chairman of the Dale Hollow Larger Parish,
a group of Disciples, Methodists, and Presbyterians in eight churches
and many preaching points in country school houses.
After leaving Alpine, Taylor was Pastor Emeritus of First and Central
Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE, for 10 years.
His wife, Anne Justice Taylor, died in 1996. He was also preceded
in death by a son, Bernard M. Taylor, Jr. and a step granddaughter,
He is survived by two sons, William Robin and his wife, Susan,
of Bethesda, MD, and Michael Vance and his wife, Karen, of Ocean
View, DE; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. (P)
ANNA L. WARD
Funeral services for Mrs. Anna L. Ward, 80, of Dayton, OH, and formerly
of Overton County, were conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, December 29,
2003, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home.
Burial was in Mt. Gilead Cemetery with Rev. Dewey Glenn Masters
Mrs. Ward died Friday, December 26 at her home. She was a housewife.
Born December 11, 1923, in Overton County, she was the daughter
of the late Benton and Della Ledbetter. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold D. Ward; a daughter,
Karen; a son, Bruce; and a granddaughter, Debbie.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Ward; and four daughters, Ruby McCormick,
Brenda Smith and her husband, Jim, Edith Smith and her husband,
Bill, and Kim Parker and her husband, Mike.
Pallbearers were Glen Smith, Ray Carter, Matthew Parker, Mike Parker,
Chuck Peaco, Bill Smith, and Bobby Ward.
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)
NANCY LEE (BILBREY) WILSON
Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy Lee (Bilbrey) Wilson, 80, of Livingston,
were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 24, 2003, from the
chapel of Speck Funeral Home.
Burial was in Fellowship Cemetery with Rev. Terry McCloud officiating.
Mrs. Wilson died Monday, December 22 at Livingston Regional Hospital.
She was a housewife and of the Baptist faith.
Born September 11, 1923, in Akron, OH, she was the daughter of
the late Gilbert and Dorothy (George) Ray. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Bilbrey; a daughter,
Patricia Ann (Bilbrey) Groce; two brothers, Melvin Ray and Cortis
Ray; and a sister, Flora (Ray) Ledbetter.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Cheryl Reels of Livingston;
9 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. Pallbearers were David
Ledbetter, Harold Johnson, Jeremy Reels, Cody Doss, Stephen Groce,
and Levi Groce.
Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)
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